Smoke Signals: Staff Edition

June Edition

Happy Summer!

Good morning, Shackelford! I hope your summer break is awesome! In June and July, I will send less frequent newsletters and more emails to keep everyone informed about campus happenings. So....what's new?

Grade Level Leadership - Karisa Glenn and Rick Bruce have stepped up to the plate to represent their grade levels this year! I am excited to have them both on the team and know that they both bring a wealth of knowledge to the table.

Professional Development - PD and flex hours are in full swing! I know some of you haven't really had a break yet because you are taking plenty of professional development courses. I've listed a few additional opportunities below.

Summer Hours -

  • Office staff will be on campus through June 18 from 7:30 - 4:30. Let us know if you need anything!
  • I will be on vacation from June 22 - July 8 and I plan to unplug from school completely during that time. Text will be the best way to reach me, if needed, during that time.
  • The district will be completely shut down from June 29 - July 8. There will be no custodians working, no air in the building, and the alarms will be on. Staff members may not enter the building at any time during this total shut down.

Open Positions - We currently have 3 positions open: instructional aide, library aide, and special education/resource teacher. We plan to interview on Monday, June 11 and fill these positions very soon.

Yearbook - Thinking ahead to next year, I am looking for a 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade teacher to take over yearbook responsibilities and sponsor a group of students to help. If you think you might be interested, please contact me for more information.

STAAR Scores - Scores should be back sometime June 13. I will let team leaders know as soon as they are here!

Keep enjoying your summer and let me know if there is anything I can do for you!



Professional Development Opportunitites

EdCamp Hachie - June 9, see emails from Debbie Needham and Ashley Cieri

Region 10 - check out Region 10's calendar of events. There are conferences and sessions offered throughout the summer. They also have good sessions online!

Region 13 - Region 13 offers a wealth of information and training about special education students, specifically those with Autism. I would recommend that everyone take the course series entitled, "Strategies for Working with Students with Autism in the General Education Setting" there are 10 sessions that range in the amount of time required for completion. Professionals can receive flex hours for any of these sessions. We will have the new Structured Instruction class on our campus next year, so any additional training in Autism you could take would be beneficial to all on campus.

Google Training - Consider studying for the Google Level 1 certification exam. This shows that you have a comprehensive understanding of Google's basic tools for educators. This certification identifies you as someone who is technologically savvy.

WISD Badges - Keep working on your badges! Try to add a couple more this summer. :-)

CPI Training - If you need the 4 hour CPI refresher course, sign up for a course in June. There will be very few, if any, offered in July or August. Those needing new CPI certification will have courses offered in August.

Calendar events for the week...

Summer & Back to School Events


6/5 - Staff can start accruing PD/Flex hours for 2018-19

6/5 - May 5th grade retest scores will be available

6/9 - EdCamp Hachie, 4 Flex Hours

6/13 - 3rd, 4th grade Reading & Math, 5th Science scores will be available

6/14 - Last day for office staff

Week of 6/25 - STAAR, 3rd Administration


24 - First day back for office staff, clerical training

30 - admin retreat - Burkhalter & East off campus

23 - Online registration opens


1 - New student registration

2 - Kindergarten registration

6-8 - new teacher orientation

9 - 5:30-7:30 Evening Registration Hours

11 - Operation First Day of School

13 - Convocation & open house at new WHS

20 - Bring your supplies night 5:30 - 7:30

22 - First day of school!

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Shackelford Elementary

Principal: Theresa Burkhalter

Assistant Principal: Rusty East

Counselor: Monica Taylor